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About Petronillus

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  • Location
    Glen Ellyn, Illinois
  • Interests
    social (non-competitive) ballroom dancing, mystery novels
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America Line
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    St. Petersburg, Russia

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  1. Ah! With apologies to George Orwell: all shareholders are equal but some shareholders are more equal than others.
  2. Just do a Google search on "big box travel agency" and you'll get an eyeful.
  3. As the great 20th century philosopher Yogi Berra is supposed to have said, predictions are tricky things, particularly predictions about the future. With all due respect, though, the past does have lessons to teach and we would be foolish to disregard them. After the Hindenburg disaster of 1937, the zeppelin industry collapsed and lighter-than-air transoceanic crossings became a thing of the past. Heightened precautions were feasible. More stables gases than hydrogen were identified. But that hugely elegant, leisurely, and beautiful mode of transport went kaput. I hope it's not so, but I fear that we are witnessing the Hindenburg disaster of the cruise industry.
  4. Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! And I was so looking forward to hitting the multiplex after this shelter-in-place order gets lifted!
  5. It's seems plain that we're seeing the end of an era, and that may be all to the good. But I've just read a piece in The Verge that makes a strong case against offering a U.S. bailout of the cruise industry. See https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/23/21187076/cruise-line-industry-bailout-trump-coronavirus-us-companies-tax. It makes me wonder if we are witnessing the equivalent of the Hindenberg disaster. Dirigibles were an elegant form of transoceanic transportation. But the industry died along with the Hindenberg -- even though safer alternatives to hydrogen gas were quickly discovered.
  6. My heart goes out to the cabin stewards and kitchen and dining room staffs. They are practically all far from their home bases and, while their duties may be reduced, the tips they depend on have come to a standstill.
  7. We are all potential "passengers in question" and thus, by your own reckoning, it's the business of all of us. I think it's a valid cause for reflection. As the OP, I appreciate the reminder that several contributors have offered, that in the event of a medical emergency the ship offloads the affected passenger with all due dispatch. Presumably, it is up to the sole discretion of the captain and her/his advisers to determine that a medical emergency exists, but my questions (per the original post) still hold for that interim period while the determination is pending. Further, when the decision is made to put the patient/passenger ashore or to medivac, as the case may be, does the ship notify and make arrangements with the insurance carrier?
  8. I thought you were pointing out something special about or peculiar to the world cruises. In February 2019 we were on an 11-day cruise of the Caribbean on the Koningsdam, r/t FLL. The prevalence of elderliness was noticeable. A huge corral of walkers and scooters greeted you just inside the MDR, with remote parking in the lobby area just outside. On our most recent 17-day Panama Canal transit on board the Oosterdam it was not nearly so extreme. Nevertheless, it's true enough to make me wince that HAL caters perforce to the elderly and their parents.
  9. On another thread, somebody has mentioned the "nursing home flavor" that HAL's world cruises have taken on. That got me thinking: What can reasonably be expected of one's cruise line in the event of a medical emergency? Let's suppose, hypothetically, that in the middle of your cruise you develop a constellation of symptoms. In the case of COVID-19, the symptoms would include high fever and a deep nagging cough and difficulty breathing but let's suppose, for the sake of our hypothetical, that you present a new and different set of symptoms. I don't suppose that it would be reasonable to expect that the ship would stock test kits for every conceivable viral or bacterial infection, but I would expect, especially given the experience we're gaining from COVID-19, that there would be at hand a set of kits covering a wide range of infections and that, in the event of an emergency, measures would be in place for additional, more pin-pointed kits to be procured. OK, now assuming you've tested positive for the biohazard du jour, what measures is it reasonable to expect your cruise line to keep on hand to deal with it? in terms of both protecting other passengers and caring for you. In the case of COVID-19, could one reasonably expect the sick bay to be equipped with ventilators, for example? I understand full well that nobody has precise answers to these questions (which is why, in the Anglo-American legal system at least, reasonable-expectation questions get litigated on a case-by-case basis). But to us (DW and myself) they reinforce the absolute necessity of trip insurance, including evacuation in the event of a medical emergency -- with the extended (i.e., extra-cost) coverage that will require that you be medivacced to a facility of your own choosing.
  10. ?????!!!!! I'm assuming that "WC" stands for world cruise. I'd appreciate it if you could unpack "nursing home flavor." Has this type of characterization been the topic of other CC threads? If so, I'd be grateful to anyone who can point me there.
  11. Well, I finally took the plunge and picked up some 300 shares.
  12. I know that I am betraying the envy of an outsider looking in, but this whole thread puts me in mind of President Obama's complaining about the high price of arugula at Whole Foods.
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